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It’s a rare opportunity to catch the likes of tennis megastars Maria Sharapova and Li Na live in action.
But for Singapore’s competitive tennis scene, the coming of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Championships in October represents an even rarer chance for the sport to finally make some progress.
Both young local female players and their governing Singapore Tennis Association (STA) are hoping for a long-lasting impact from having the world’s best eight women grace the Indoor Stadium over the next five years.
“The WTA will inspire a lot of young kids,” said Angela Lim, 16. “If they’re there watching, seeing it happen, maybe they’ll feel they can achieve (the same) and work towards that.”
“Tennis will be more alive in Singapore,” added the Singapore Sports School student, who trains under the STA’s full-time tennis programme (FTTP).
Along with fellow FTTP and Sports School teammates Ashley Yim and Maxine Ng, both 13, Lim is looking forward to coaching clinics hosted by the tennis
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Last summer, Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge was the subject of trade rumors that would have moved him from the only NBA team he's ever known. Nearly a year later, he's clearly been the best player of the first few days of the 2014 postseason.
For the second consecutive game, Aldridge terrorized the Houston Rockets' defense. Coming three days after his 46-point, 18-rebound performance in Portland's Game 1 win, Aldridge scored 43 points on 18-of-28 shooting to lead his team to a 112-105 win and a 2-0 series lead, giving Portland a huge advantage as the series heads to their home court for Games 3 and 4.
Aldridge's performance places him in impressive historic company. He is the first player in Blazers history to score 40 or more points in two playoff games over his entire tenure with the team, the first player to score 40 points in consecutive playoff games since LeBron James in 2009, and the third player in NBA history to score 40-plus points in both Games 1 andRead More »from Blazers top Rockets with historic LaMarcus Aldridge performance, grab 2-0 lead
In Game 1 of the first-round series between the Dallas Mavericks and heavily favored San Antonio Spurs, the No. 8-seed Mavs held a surprising 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for them, that advantage didn't last — the Spurs held them to one field goal in the final seven minutes of regulation to grab a 90-85 win and 1-0 series advantage. Given the circumstances, the Mavericks could be forgiven for thinking they had squandered their best chance at stealing a road victory.
They would not let go of the same opportunity in Wednesday night's Game 2. On the strength of their typical offensive prowess and impressive defensive thievery, the Mavericks cruised to a 113-92 win to break a 10-game losing streak against San Antonio, even the series at 1-1, and gain homecourt advantage as the series heads to Dallas for Games 3 and 4.
The Mavericks' strong play started early, in large part due to some unfamiliar carelessness from the Spurs. While the Spurs managed to shoot 57.6Read More »from Mavericks force 22 Spurs turnovers to even series, win for first time in 10 matchups
Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts only received a common personal foul for this collision with LeBron James late in the fourth quarter of Game 2 against the Miami Heat, which is weird, because the whole "forearm to the throat" thing doesn't seem super common:
With the Heat holding a 97-94 lead over the feisty Bobcats, James isolated up top against the defense of sophomore Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. James went left around a Chris Bosh screen, beat the step-slow trap by a hobbled Al Jefferson (who started despite straining the plantar fascia in his left foot in Sunday's Game 1 loss and stayed in Game 2 despite feeling it rip a little more in the early going) and headed toward the basket. As he arrived and elevated with Kidd-Gilchrist on his right hip, McRoberts slid over from the left corner, where he had been guarding Mario Chalmers, and leapt to meet LeBron in the air. In the process, he thwacked James in the throat with his right forearm, sending the reigning MVP to the deckRead More »from Josh McRoberts floors LeBron James with forearm to throat late in Heat's Game 2 win over Bobcats (Video)
After suffering through a dismal 27-55 season that ranked as the worst since the move from Minneapolis made them the Los Angeles Lakers, Pau Gasol is now a man with options. This was the final season of the three-year, $57 million extension he signed in the winter of 2009, and after the nearly-34-year-old pivot showed he can still get it done on the offensive end this season, averaging just under 17.5 points, 10 rebounds, 3.5 assists and two combined blocks/steals in 31 1/2 minutes per game, Gasol figures to have some suitors in free agency this summer ... and after 6 1/2 seasons in purple and gold, Pau seems increasingly prepared for the prospect of plying his trade elsewhere next season.
Gasol acknowledged the possibility that he'd played his last game as a Laker during his 2013-14 season exit interview last week, and he expanded on it in a blog post on his official website, as translated by Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:
“Re-signing [with] the Lakers is a possibility,Read More »from Pau Gasol: 'There'd have to be significant changes' for me to return to Lakers in free agency
was arrested in Glendale, Ariz., on Monday and charged with the first-degree murder of a 19-year-old. He is being held on a $1 million bond.A veteran mixed martial arts fighter who lost to Evan Tanner in his only UFC bout
Homer Moore, 42, of Phoenix, was arrested by Tempe police in connection with the August 1999 murder of Karam Hussein Jabbar, 19. Jabbar went missing in late July, and his body was found in the trunk of a car on Aug. 3, 1999. According to police, Jabbar's hands and feet were bound and there was a bag over his head.
The official cause of death was listed as asphyxia.
Moore debuted on April 7, 1999, with a victory over Jason Middaugh at Rage in the Cage 4, about three months before Jabbar's death. Moore faced several notable fighters, including current UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen and UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn. HIs only UFC appearance came at UFC 34 on Nov. 2, 2001, at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, where he was submitted by Tanner via arm bar at 55 secondsRead More »from Ex-UFC fighter Homer Moore charged with first-degree murder in 1999 case
The NBA announced the winner of its annual Most Improved Player Award on Wednesday, with Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic taking home the honors after posting career-best scoring and shooting-percentage numbers en route to leading a Suns team that nearly everybody expected to lose big while rebuilding to a stunning 48-win season that came this close to a playoff berth in the brutal Western Conference. Dragic won in a landslide, receiving more than half of the first-place votes cast by the 126 sportswriters and broadcasters who voted and netting twice as many total points as second-place finisher Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers. While the nature of MIP includes nearly endless quibbles over an individual's definition of "improvement," leading to a wide variety of potential choices for the award, Dragic's win was both richly deserved and, given the comfortable margin of his victory, largely without controversy.
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Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal at the Bernabeu, prompting yet another discussion as to just how important Pep Guardiola's emphasis on possession and quantity of passes really is. Bayern had 64 percent of possession and completed 701 passes to Real Madrid's 270, but the Copa del Rey winners' excellent defending and lightning fast counter attack gave them the edge going into the second leg.
Though having a clear advantage in these specific areas of the game obviously did not translate to success for Bayern, they still have their place in telling the story of the match. And to tell the rest of it, here are several other important stats.
-Gareth Bale was unable to start because he hit 88 mph while making his run in the Copa del Rey final, causing him to time travel to the ice age and back, which resulted in him catching the flu. He did meet a woolly mammoth, though. So it wasn't all bad.
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Tennis legend Yannick Noah, somewhat famously, outfitted himself in Le Coq Sportif footwear during his celebrated career. This is why it made complete and total sense his adoring son, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, would sign the first endorsement deal with the iconic French brand upon entering the NBA in 2007. For years, Noah loped up and down the court in the (relative to the NBA) obscure line of unique shoes, developing into an All-Star and beloved Chicago sports icon along the way.
Noah’s career was sent into a tizzy in 2012-13, though, when a painful case of plantar fasciitis derailed his season. Though many rightfully criticized Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau for overworking the big man (who had suffered from the foot ailment before) for 40 minutes again during the first half of the season, Noah found culprit in another source. He blamed the shoes, and he’s also blaming Le Coq Sportif for allegedly not paying him what he was supposed to be handed as part of his six-year, $6 millionRead More »from Joakim Noah is suing his former shoemaker, claiming they failed to pay him and contributed to his foot injuries
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C: Red94. As the Houston Rockets look to even up their best-of-seven series with the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 on Wednesday, Richard Li has a suggestion: run, run, run, and go deep, and force one of the shallowest competitors in this postseason to match up with you or get gassed and then gashed.
PF: Triangle Offense. A really fun read from Nick Schonberger on a new exhibit at the New York Historical Society celebrating the story and legacy of the "Black Fives," the pioneering pre-1950 teams comprised entirely of African American players who helped shape and change the culture of the sport prior to its integration.
SF: USA TODAY Sports. Good stuff from Sam Amick on the offseason work that helped Blake Griffin continue the development of his all-around game to the pointRead More »from The 10-man rotation, starring the Rockets' reserves and the potential folly of not using them
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